Nadine O’Regan: The world is on a mission to persuade us we’re all good at yoga – we’re not

After years of trying, I have to admit that I’m just not a natural at yoga or pilates, so please stop telling me that anyone can do it

According to the United Nations, ‘the essence of yoga is balance – not just balance within the body or that between the mind and the body, but also balance in the human relationship with the world’

I have been trying my hand at pilates. I say hand, but really I am all thumbs and misplaced feet and awkwardness. Our small online class has a Romanian instructor who is as direct in her speech as she is effortlessly authoritarian. When she tried to get us to touch our toes recently, I wheeled out my long-held and valued theory, which is that my body is not set up for such a task, so ...